Peabody awarded $75,910 state grant for historic downtown



Peabody is one of 24 communities in the state to be recommended last week for a 2012 Heritage Trust Fund grant through the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review.

The grant for $75,910 would be designated for the Peabody Downtown Historic District.

?The Heritage Trust Fund grant received will be applied to the storefronts portion of the overall Baker Lofts project,? said Shane Marler, executive director of the Peabody Main Street Association.

The project will rehabilitate the fronts of the buildings to their original facade.

Marler said Peabody also received a grant of $1,500 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the storefronts project as well.

?While it is an honor and a great financial help to receive the HTF grant for our project, there is still a gap in the funding,? Marler said.


?We will be applying for an additional grant from the Kansas Main Street program to assist in filling the gap, but ultimately will need to fill approximately $50,000 to complete the project.

?Overall, the HTF grant is a massive step forward to achieving our overall goal of the development of our downtown corridor.?

The next step in the storefronts project is to seek additional funding and try to fill the financial gap via a capital campaign, according to Marler.

?We are fortunate in that we are a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, so contributions to the project are tax deductible, and can help offset individual and business tax liabilities.

?Meanwhile, we are awaiting a decision from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation on our application for housing tax credits to create 13 apartments in the upper stories of the buildings. We should receive word on the application this summer.?

The Kansas Historic Sites board awarded $1.096 million for 24 projects across the state.

Funded projects represented a diverse collection of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Register of Historic Kansas Places. Projects included repair of historic wood windows, roofing, building stabilization and masonry repair.

All awards are contingent upon available funding.

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